Insight

IN PARTNERSHIP

What Will a Car Accident Lawyer Actually Do for You?

Learn what a car accident lawyer can do for you after a Texas car crash, including protecting your right to receive maximum compensation for your injuries and damages.

Hands pointing to a white car that has been damaged
Headshot of male lawyer with brown hair and grey suit

Joshua Fogelman

January 20, 2023 10:00 AM

Unless you’ve been in an accident and have worked with a car accident lawyer, you might not know what they can do for you and your case. After a car accident, you’d likely have a lot of questions, but two of the most common ones are:

  • How much money is my car accident case worth?
  • Do I need to hire a car accident lawyer?

Below we discuss how they can help if you hire a lawyer to handle your car accident case.

Conduct an Independent Accident Investigation

Texas is an at-fault state for car accident claims. You have the burden of proving that the other driver caused your collision. If the insurance company denies your case and you file a lawsuit, you must have evidence to convince a jury by a preponderance of the evidence to win your case.

Car accident lawyers understand the evidence needed to prove causation, fault, and liability for car crashes. They have the resources and skills to investigate your car accident and gather the necessary evidence to prove your case.

Furthermore, your lawyer will identify all parties who could be liable for your damages. The other driver might not be the only party responsible for your losses. Identifying all liable parties gives you a better chance of receiving maximum compensation for your claim.

Handle All Communications With the Insurance Company

The insurance company will assign a claims adjuster to handle your case. The adjuster investigates your claim to determine if the company is liable for your damages. They’ll search for evidence the company can use to undervalue damages or deny your claim altogether.

Therefore, the statements you make to the adjuster, insurance investigators, and other parties could significantly impact the outcome of your accident claim. A car accident lawyer will handle all matters related to your insurance claim, including all communications with the insurance company and its employees or agents.

Dealing with an insurance claim can be stressful. You need to focus on your health and recovery. Hiring a personal injury lawyer allows you to focus on yourself, while the attorney focuses on getting you the money you deserve after a car crash.

Protect You Against Claims of Contributory Fault

The car insurance company will likely use any means possible to avoid paying your claim. The adjuster might try to blame you for contributing to the cause of the accident. The reason is the Texas law regarding comparative negligence.

Texas law does not prevent an accident victim from receiving compensation for damages unless the victim is 51% or more at fault for the cause of the accident. However, contributory fault can significantly reduce the money you receive for a claim.

Suppose a jury awards you $500,000 for damages caused by a car accident. However, the jurors decide you are 35% to blame for the cause of the car crash.

In that case, you would not receive the full $500,000 for damages. Instead, the amount would be reduced by your level of fault, which in our example is 35%. Therefore, you would only receive $325,000 for your claim.

Insurance adjusters are highly skilled and trained at obtaining information from accident victims. Unfortunately, your statements could be intentionally misinterpreted to blame you for the accident.

Calculate the Value of Your Damages and Negotiate a Fair Settlement Agreement

Your car accident claim could be worth more money than you realize. Insurance companies consistently issue low settlement offers and undervalue damages when a claimant is not represented by a personal injury attorney. The company will not tell you that your economic damages and non-economic damages are worth more than they offered to settle the case.

A lawyer will work with you to document your damages. When a person sustains traumatic injuries and permanent impairments, the attorney might consult financial professionals, medical specialists, and other experts to gather evidence strengthening the argument for future damages.

An attorney has experience negotiating settlement agreements. It is not in your best interest to sign a settlement agreement or accept a settlement check without seeking legal advice.

File a Personal Injury Lawsuit and Advocate for You in Court

Some insurance companies refuse to negotiate fair settlement amounts. The insurance company could be guilty of bad faith insurance practices.

A car accident lawyer can file a personal injury lawsuit and argue your case in court. The Texas statute of limitations restricts your time to file a car accident lawsuit. Therefore, it is always a good idea to talk with a lawyer about your case as soon as possible.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer for Help Recovering Fair Compensation

The insurance company for the at-fault driver would like nothing better than for you to represent yourself throughout your car accident claim. However, filing an insurance claim without a lawyer could result in a much lower settlement amount.

Instead, you can get legal advice and learn about your rights after a car crash by meeting with a car accident lawyer for a free consultation. It does not cost you anything to meet with the attorney.

Furthermore, most accident lawyers take cases based on a contingency fee. Therefore, you do not pay any attorney’s fees until the lawyer recovers money for you.


Joshua Fogelman is one of the founding partners of FVF Law, a personal injury law firm based in Austin, TX. He’s been helping injury victims since 2009, recovering millions of dollars in behalf of his clients.

Contact FVF Law if you got injured in Austin due to someone else’s negligence, and get a free case review.

Headline Image: Adobe Stock/ snowing12

Related Articles

IN PARTNERSHIP

Steps To Take After a Naperville Car Accident


by Mark Mathys

Learn about the steps to take after a Naperville car accident that can help protect your right to receive fair compensation for damages.

Two cars damaged from accident with vehicles in backdrop

IN PARTNERSHIP

7 Things to Never Do After a Car Accident


by J.L. King

The actions you take after a car accident could determine the injury compensation you stand to receive. Learn seven things to never do after a car accident.

Cartoon of person with big pencil and check list

IN PARTNERSHIP

Why You Should Hire a Car Accident Lawyer


by Bill Winters

There are many benefits to hiring a car accident lawyer. They’ll handle your claim from start to finish and ensure you recover the best possible outcome. Learn more here.

Red fire truck beside two crashed cars

IN PARTNERSHIP

Nine Factors That Determine How Much to Expect from a Car Accident Settlement


by Aaron Tillman

Learn about the factors that can impact how much to expect for a car accident settlement in Portland, including what you can do to maximize how much you receive for an injury claim.

Yellow background with black and white animation of car crash

IN PARTNERSHIP

Should I Get a Lawyer for a Car Accident That Wasn't My Fault?


by Mark Anderson

Learn about the reasons why you need to get a lawyer for a car accident claim and how a lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve for injuries and damages.

Girl in orange sweater grasping injured neck

IN PARTNERSHIP

5 Things To Consider When Choosing a Car Accident Lawyer


by Gregg Hollander

The lawyer you choose could make the difference between a winning and losing outcome. Learn five things to consider when choosing a car accident lawyer.

Two cars crashing into each other beside judge's gavel

IN PARTNERSHIP

5 Things To Consider When Choosing a Car Accident Lawyer in Nevada


by Justin Watkins

There are many things to consider when hiring a car accident lawyer, including skill, experience and cost. Read on to learn more.

Woman on phone looking at cracked windshield

IN PARTNERSHIP

5 Things To Consider When Choosing a Car Accident Lawyer


by Stephen R. Schultz

A car accident lawyer helps you recover compensation for injuries and damages. Choosing a lawyer to handle your case can be confusing, but these tips can help.

Laptop corner and hand checking box on paper

IN PARTNERSHIP

What Should I Consider When Hiring a Car Accident Attorney


by Brian White

The lawyer you hire for your injury case can make a difference in the outcome. Learn 5 things to consider when you choose a car accident lawyer.

Man in peach shirt shaking hands with someone

IN PARTNERSHIP

Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney After a Car Accident


by Jordan R. Wagner

Many people avoid filing personal injury claims. In this article, we outline the benefits of hiring a personal injury lawyer after a car accident.

Woman in orange sweater climbing out of car

When to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer


by Nick Movagar

When you get injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you can pursue injury compensation. Learn when you should hire a car accident lawyer.

Wrecked car with broken windshield

What Should You Do if the Other Driver Doesn't Report the Accident?


by Sean Lopez

Advice from a personal injury attorney on what to do when the other driver doesn't report the auto accident.

Woman in orange shirt standing by wrecked cars

Why Do Rear-End Collisions Happen and Who’s to Blame?


by Matt Baggett

Rear-end collisions happen for many reasons, but the blame frequently falls on the rear driver. Learn about the causes of rear-end collisions.

Blue car crashing into black car

What Will a Car Accident Lawyer Actually Do for You?


by Jacob Oresky

A car accident lawyer provides many services while working on your injury case. Learn about the process for injury claims and the lawyer’s role in the process.

Car Accident Lawyer Services

When Do You Need to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?


by Paul Brannon

When do you need to hire a car accident lawyer? Learn the Florida no-fault law, personal injury claims and hiring an attorney for your car wreck.

Hiring a Lawyer After a Car Accident

Choosing a Car Accident Lawyer in Florida


by Sagi Shaked

If you were injured in an accident, it’s important to choose the right lawyer for your case. A car accident lawyer can help negotiate fair settlements and provide legal guidance. Here are five things to consider when choosing a car accident attorney.

Advice From Florida Car Accident Lawyer

Trending Articles

The Best Lawyers in South Africa™ 2023


by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers proudly announces lawyers recognized in South Africa for 2023.

South African flag

Announcing the 2023 The Best Lawyers in America Honorees


by Best Lawyers

Only the top 5.3% of all practicing lawyers in the U.S. were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 29th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

Gold strings and dots connecting to form US map

Best Lawyers Voting Is Now Open


by Best Lawyers

Voting has begun in several countries across the globe, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. Below we offer dates, details and answers to voting-related questions to assist with the voting process.

Hands holding smartphone with five stars above phone

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America for 2023


by Best Lawyers

The third edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ highlights the legal talent of lawyers who have been in practice less than 10 years.

Three arrows made of lines and dots on blue background

Announcing The Best Lawyers in Australia™ 2023


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from Australia.

The Best Lawyers in Australia™ 2023

Announcing the 2023 The Best Lawyers in Canada Honorees


by Best Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in Canada™ is entering its 17th edition for 2023. We highlight the elite lawyers awarded this year.

Red map of Canada with white lines and dots

Famous Songs Unprotected by Copyright Could Mean Royalties for Some


by Michael B. Fein

A guide to navigating copyright claims on famous songs.

Can I Sing "Happy Birthday" in Public?

Could Reign Supreme End with the Queen?


by Sara Collin

Canada is revisiting the notion of abolishing the monarchy after Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, but many Canadians and lawmakers are questioning if Canada could, should and would follow through.

Teacup on saucer over image of Queen's eye

Rising Transfer Taxes


by Angus C. Beverly

Transfer taxes in California are becoming a statewide trend with potentially national implications. Here is a breakdown of the effects in several cities.

State of California in orange with city in backdrop

What the Courts Say About Recording in the Classroom


by Christina Henagen Peer and Peter Zawadski

Students and parents are increasingly asking to use audio devices to record what's being said in the classroom. But is it legal? A recent ruling offer gives the answer to a question confusing parents and administrators alike.

Is It Legal for Students to Record Teachers?

The Upcycle Conundrum


by Karen Kreider Gaunt

Laudable or litigious? What you need to know about potential copyright and trademark infringement when repurposing products.

Repurposed Products and Copyright Infringemen

Caffeine Overload and DUI Tests


by Daniel Taylor

While it might come as a surprise, the over-consumption of caffeine could trigger a false positive on a breathalyzer test.

Can Caffeine Cause You to Fail DUI Test?

Wage and Overtime Laws for Truck Drivers


by Greg Mansell

For truck drivers nationwide, underpayment and overtime violations are just the beginning of a long list of problems. Below we explore the wages you are entitled to but may not be receiving.

Truck Driver Wage and Overtime Laws in the US

Best Law Firms® Research Has Begun


by Best Lawyers

Best Law Firms® rankings are annually produced awards recognizing the top law firms across the United States. We are here to offer insight into the submission process for all eligible firms.

Black background with colorful squares and faces

Choosing a Title Company: What a Seller Should Expect


by Roy D. Oppenheim

When it comes to choosing a title company, how much power exactly does a seller have?

Choosing the Title Company As Seller

Thirteen Years of Excellence


by Best Lawyers

For the 13th consecutive year, “Best Law Firms” has awarded the most elite and talented law firms across the country through a thorough and trusted data review process.

Red, white and blue pipes and writing on black background